Safety Resources Where You Are

With smartphones equipped with cameras and free wireless at just about every café, it’s easier than ever to record and share what's going on in your life with friends and family. Keep these simple tips in mind so you can share what matters to you, safely.

  • Be proud of what you’re sharing. Remember that what you post on the Web is permanent. When you upload photos, send email, or comment on other people’s pages, once it’s up, you can’t take it back. Even if you delete the content, you have no way of knowing if it has been copied, altered, or forwarded to others.
  • Know your connections. As much as possible, only let people you know in real life connect with you online. When people try to add you as a connection, if you don’t really know them, block them so they can’t contact you again. Use your privacy settings to help ensure you’re sharing with the right people.
  • Be an upstander not a bystander. If you choose to stand by and watch, laugh or do nothing when you see bullying happen, you become part of the problem. Don’t be a passive bystander. Report inappropriate content or behavior.

Helpful Links and Information from the State You Live In

Get more information about online safety from your state’s office of the attorney general. Each state office is committed to fostering a safer environment online for everyone. Check out these great resources.

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State of Alabama: Office of the Attorney General

The Internet is a wonderful tool and resource for a wealth of information; although, there are some areas of the Internet that are dangerous and some people using the Internet do not have your best interest at heart. In the “social networking” world we live in, when so many people are on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, it is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers that are out there. There are those who want to steal personal information or worse, cause physical harm. Our office has provided a few safety tips to learn and remember as you explore the Internet. To report an issue with online safety in Alabama, please contact our office.

State of Arizona: Office of the Attorney General

As Arizona Attorney General it is my job to take the lead on defending the public against predators. For more information on protecting yourself from online predators and for general safety tips, please visit our family resources site.

State of Colorado: Office of the Attorney General

Please visit our website for information and resources about Internet safety.

State of Florida: Office of the Attorney General

Please visit SafeFlorida.net, our website dedicated to fighting cyber crime and supporting cyber safety.

Kids Zone – fun games and tips to stay safer online

Tips for Teens

Tips for Parents

State of Georgia: Office of the Attorney General

Please visit our website for information and resources about Internet safety.

Commonwealth of Kentucky: Office of the Attorney General

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made Internet safety and protecting kids from online predators a top priority. General Conway has created a nationally-recognized Cybercrimes Unit that has launched more than 200 child pornography investigations and seized more than 200,000 child pornographic images from the Internet. He has also passed Cybersafety legislation in Kentucky and created an Internet safety program that has reached more than 40,000 Kentuckians, mostly children.

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, please visit General Conway’s Cybersafety Page. The page contains additional links for cyberbullying, cyberstalking, identity theft, social networking and important information for parents. Click to see a Cybersafety video AG Conway created for parents and kids.

State of Louisiana: Office of the Attorney General

The Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit has earned a solid reputation for vigorously monitoring, investigating, and prosecuting internet crimes against children and other computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying. To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506. For more information, please visit our website.

State of Maryland: Office of the Attorney General

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler invites you to visit his website to find out ways to make your online experience safer and better.

State of Michigan: Office of the Attorney General

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette invites you to visit his website for online safety tips. The award-winning Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) offers free programming for children and adults. To learn more, including how to register, visit www.michigan.gov/csi.

State of Mississippi: Office of the Attorney General

Mississippi Attorney General strongly supports public awareness of Internet safety for children, and the AG's webpage gives parents and teachers downloadable materials to initiate conversations with their children on safe and fun Internet activities. Publications include a "Parenting Guide", brochures on "Sexting", "Illegal Downloads", "Cyberbullying", and a new brochure on social network safety.

Cyberbullying in schools may be anonymously reported at www.fearstopshere.com.

Mississippi Attorney General Hood supports a vigorous Internet Crimes Against Children Unit which with law enforcement affiliates works statewide to keep Mississippi's children safe online. Please visit our website for tips and advice on online safety for teens.

State of Missouri: Office of the Attorney General

Please visit our website for information and resources about Internet safety.

State of Nebraska: Office of the Attorney General

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning invites you to visit his website for online safety tips. Being cyber-safe is more than creating unique passwords and usernames. It’s being aware of the threats associated with electronic communication and learning how to avoid them. When online, you should never assume the person on the other end is who they say they are. Privacy settings should be utilized on all social networking sites and phone numbers and addresses should never be posted online. Be mindful when posting photos, sharing comments or accepting friend requests. And above all, never agree to meet someone in person you met online or through texting. Keeping Nebraska’s kids cyber-safe has always been a top priority for my office. By working together, we can help to ensure everyone uses technology safely and wisely. For more information, visit www.ago.ne.gov or www.safekids.ne.gov.

State of New Mexico: Office of the Attorney General

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is committed to helping keep the youth of our state safe whenever they surf the Web. Learn new ways to avoid dangerous Internet cyber-sharks! Check out our Internet Safety page.

State of Ohio: Office of the Attorney General

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine makes protecting Ohio's children and families his top priority.  While technology has made it easier to stay connected, it also gives those who wish to harm our children increased access to them through social media, chat rooms, and instant messenger.  In an effort to combat online predators, the Ohio Attorney General's Office has expanded BCI's Cyber Crime Unit, which focuses on investigating those who abuse children through child pornography.  Though law enforcement investigation is important, we must teach also our children how to guard against online predators and how to practice good digital citizenship.  For more cyber safety resources for children, parents, and teachers, please visit our website.


State of Rhode Island: Office of the Attorney General

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has made Internet safety and protecting kids from online predators a top priority. The Office of Attorney General works closely with law enforcement and other agencies to investigate and prosecute Internet crimes

against children and other computer crimes such as online auction fraud, identity theft, cyberstalking, and cyberbullying. For more information, please visit our website. To report cases in Rhode Island of Internet or computer crime, call the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit at (401) 444-1710, or visit http://www.icac.ri.gov - the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force website - for more information about reporting online sex crimes against children.

State of South Carolina: Office of the Attorney General

As Attorney General, Alan Wilson is committed to protecting South Carolina's youth online. The Internet is a great resource for all ages, but knowing what to share is key. Please visit our website for more information and resources to help you stay safe.

State of South Dakota: Office of the Attorney General

Please check out these resources for online safety:

Teen Safety Tips

Kids Safety Tips

Tips on Safe Schools from a Student’s Viewpoint

General SafetyTips

Commonwealth of Virginia: Office of the Attorney General

The Internet has become an essential tool in education, business, and our daily lives. As our lives become more reliant on technology to maintain business and personal relationships, we become more vulnerable to cybercriminals seeking to exploit the Internet through fraud, identity theft, and child exploitation. The Computer Crime Section was formed in 1999 to address the dangers associated with the expansion of the Internet and society's dependence upon it.

Please visit our website for more information.

For high schoolers

For 5th-8th graders

For elementary schoolers


State of West Virginia: Office of the Attorney General

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw believes that education is the key to preventing consumer fraud and preventing victimization on the Internet. On that note, the West Virginia Attorney General's Office offers many consumer education seminars and events around the state in Middle Schools, High Schools, Retiree Groups and SeniorCenters educating consumers on use of the internet, protecting their privacy, and NetSmartz Internet Safety in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For more information, please visit our website.

State of Wisconsin: Office of the Attorney General

The mission of the WI ICAC Task Force is: To enhance the effectiveness of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working to reduce the victimization of children by individuals and businesses who seek to exploit them through the use of computer and electronic technology. Please visit our website for safety tips and information for teens, kids, and adults.

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Territory of Guam: Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General is affiliated with the State of Hawaii’s ICAC and works in partnership with their agencies and share resources to investigate and prosecute those who attempt to prey on our young children. Education is the key to prevention when it comes to battling crimes committed online against our children. The Office of the Attorney General of Guam, in its efforts to prevent child exploitation and other internet crimes aimed against our children, conducts educational and informational outreaches in the public school system, as well as at other community-based activities, to ensure our children practice safe interaction while online. Our office has also been actively involved in the drafting of key legislation that seeks to provide enhanced and greater protection to our children who frequently use the cyberspace and/or other electronic means as their primary source of communication.

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